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Informal urbanism in the state of uncertainty: forms of informality and urban health emergencies

Kamalipour, Hesam ORCID: and Peimani, Nastaran ORCID: 2021. Informal urbanism in the state of uncertainty: forms of informality and urban health emergencies. Urban Design International 26 (2) , pp. 122-134. 10.1057/s41289-020-00145-3

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Forms of informality—ranging from informal settlements to street vending and informal transport—have become integral, yet not necessarily limited to how cities of the global South work. Our aim in this paper is to explore the dynamics of informal urbanism in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent to which forms of informality can adapt in the state of uncertainty. This paper lies in the intersections of informal urbanism and urban design in relation to public health emergencies. This is an exploratory paper in nature, structured in three main sections to focus on the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic on informal settlements, street vending, and informal transport, respectively. We point to how different forms of informality work across cities and conclude by outlining some key considerations and discussing the role of urban design in addressing the capacities and challenges of informal urbanism in the state of uncertainty facing public health emergencies such as the Coronavirus pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1357-5317
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 9 November 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:07

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